We Sing in Fire and Blood
Directed by Hazel Grian, Produced by Isla Badenoch.
Sheffield Doc/Fest Alt. Realities Market / Encounters FF Official Selection 2018
'We Sing In Fire And Blood' is a virtual reality choral work exploring how we survive extreme violence. It is a unique and powerful VR piece based on a true story.
Seven years ago in Bristol, writer/director Hazel Grian was brutally attacked by an intruder and left for dead while the house burned. Designed to be an uplifting and positive group experience, this performance encounters a cast of police officers, nurses, neighbours and friends as they sing about their part in solving a horrific crime and caring for the victim.
Because after the fire’s out and the blood has dried, we need to tell the story. We need to tell the story and celebrate.
Hazel says: "I very nearly lost my life, I lost everything I owned but I learnt that my city has a brilliant capacity for empathy." She goes on to say “When my city came out to help me I realised that violence this horrific affects every one of us. Devastating events like the Manchester Arena bombing, Jo Cox murder and Grenfell Tower fire are counteracted by powerful public gatherings, often involving song. My response as an artist is to share the communal reaction to the horror of my attack through song and virtual reality."
Phase 1 of the project runs at 15 minutes, viewed in Gear VR or Oculus headsets in groups of six. After viewing, the audience are welcomed to discuss what they viewed and create a shared understanding for what they experienced.
Phase 2 (In Development) is the full 40 minute version.
This work has been supported by Arts Council England and Watershed. Avon & Somerset Constabulary also fully support the project because they understand that in order to fight violent crime it is essential to increase civic pride and togetherness.